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9:30 PM on 06.14.2010

Mad Catz bringing Sonic-themed DS travel cases

Sonic has been getting around lately. We've got Sonic 4 arriving on multiple platforms, Sonic Colors for the Wii and DS, and now the Kinect-enabled Sonic Free Riders for the 360. With all this Sonic love in the air, Mad Catz ...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 06.14.2010

Mad Catz ready with Kinect accessories

Microsoft officially demonstrated Kinect earlier today, and already third-party accessory maker Mad Catz has announced a line of molded plastic for use with the new motion-control peripheral. Excuse me while I put on my surpr...

Tony Ponce

11:10 PM on 06.10.2010

Pre-E3: Keyboards and Pro instruments for Rock Band 3 detailed, priced

Sure, you'll be able to pop the Rock Band 3 disc in and start rocking using all of your existing instruments. But if you want to really take advantage of what the game has to offer -- updated support for a keyboard peripheral...

Nick Chester

9:40 AM on 06.01.2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops Mad Catz accessories incoming

I'm not entirely sure how many controllers one needs, but MadCatz is banking on you needing at least one this November, and that you want it branded with Call of Duty: Black Ops crap. The peripheral manufacturer has announced...

Nick Chester

1:40 PM on 04.27.2010

Street Fighter champ Daigo Umehara signs with Mad Catz

If your parents told you all of those hours spent playing Street Fighter at the arcade were wasteful, send her a link to this story, please. Mad Catz has announced that it has teamed with fighting game champ Daigo Umehara (pi...

Nick Chester

4:20 PM on 04.23.2010

Mad Catz now a peripheral partner for Rock Band

Harmonix and Mad Catz are now buddying up. The accessory maker is now the principal peripheral partner for their Rock Band music game franchise. First Capcom's Street Fighter and now Rock Band? Damn, look at you, Mad Catz! Wh...

Dale North

5:20 PM on 04.05.2010

Hori Real Arcade Pro 3 VLX Edition will eat your soul

Despite many thinking that Japan only produces rape games, there was once another product that would shock and awe western gamers: the Hori Real Arcade Pro series of joysticks. Having recently had their supremacy challenged b...

50ft. Samurai



Peripherally Speaking: Tatsunoko vs. Capcom FightStick photo
Peripherally Speaking: Tatsunoko vs. Capcom FightStick
by Jonathan Holmes

Over the years, the prestige surrounding "arcade stick" controllers has ballooned into something epic. Back in the days of the NES Advantage, stick controllers were made to help ease old-school gaming fans, who weren't as comfortable with the NES "joypad," into the new world of gaming. Like the Wii's Classic Controller, these sticks were relatively cheap and easy to come by, and were made specifically for people who weren't too keen on Nintendo's latest innovation in game control.

It was only after Street Fighter II transformed the fighting game genre into a multi-million-dollar business that "fightsticks" came into being. Unlike the NES Advantage and its brethren, "fightsticks" are extremely expensive, highly scrutinized, frequently home-modified, and supremely cherished by those who value their power. Fightsticks, and the cult-ish devotion they garner, stand as a testament to the dedication a fighting game fan has developed to their chosen sport.

The latest stick to hit the market is from Mad Catz, and was made specifically for the Wii exclusive Tatusnoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, though it works with a lot of other non-motion-controlled retail games, as well as many Virtual Console titles.

Hit the jump and I'll tell you what kind of fun I've had with this thing.

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5:00 PM on 01.10.2010

CES 2010: You dirty R.A.T.

I probably played entirely too much Shadowrun (the tabletop game, not the bastardization of same name for Xbox 360) in high school, because I've heard people tell me that these mice look silly but I refuse to believe it's tr...

Conrad Zimmerman





11:00 PM on 01.08.2010

Mad Catz paid $300K to miss out on Guitar Hero's success

Oh, Mad Catz. Does your ignominy know no bounds? The accessory manufacturer, whose name has long been synonymous among gamers with inferior peripherals -- sturdy FightSticks aside -- recently admitted to a decision that looks...

Samit Sarkar

10:30 PM on 01.08.2010

CES 2010: Brag: Mad Catz gave me a free FightStick

Yeah, they didn't really give me a free lovely v2 Street Fighter IV FightStick. Not a real one, anyway. I'm not one of the famous Street Fighter champs that they send the free units to. We might get one for review later, but ...

Dale North

5:00 PM on 01.08.2010

CES 2010: Tatsunoko vs. Capcom FightStick close-up

The Capcom fighting title Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is almost perfect on the Wii as is, if you ask me. The only thing missing is a good controller.  Mad Catz brought along the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Arcade FightStick along to ...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 01.08.2010

CES 2010: New Mad Catz Street Fighter IV FightStick demo

Our friend Alex from Mad Catz was kind enough to show us around their newest controller, the new Street Fighter IV Arcade Tournament FightStick. It's got a new body, a new look, and new parts and functionality that make it e...

Dale North

9:40 AM on 01.08.2010

CES 2010: Some serious flight sim stick action

If you're serious about flight sim games, and I mean really freaking serious about flight simulation games, then you'll likely dig this new Saitek Pro Flight X-65F system. The stick itself? It does not move. At all. Instead, ...

Dale North

1:30 PM on 01.07.2010

CES 2010:Mad Catz to make new FightSticks and FightPads

Mad Catz plans to follow-up on Capcom’s Street Fighter IV follow-up with more licensed Fight Sticks and Fight Pads. This afternoon, the manufacturer announced the Super Street Fighter IV Tournament Edition “S&rdqu...

Brad Nicholson

1:00 AM on 01.07.2010

Mad Catz to release Cyborg-brand mice this Spring

Mad Catz is entering the luxury gaming mice business. On January 6th, the third-party manufacturer announced plans to release a range of Cyborg-brand gaming mice in the spring 2010. So, what’s in the mice? Just think pr...

Brad Nicholson